By CHASE GORSKI
Senior Andrew Ternahan and junior Cory Berry are two of Salisbury’s top long-stick middies on the men’s lacrosse team.
But before the two joined forces in Salisbury, they often lined up against each other. While growing up, Berry and Ternahan found themselves on opposing teams starting in youth lacrosse and continuing throughout high school.
Ternahan attended Stephen Decatur High School (Md.) while Berry attended Easton High School (Md.). These two schools meet each year in conference games that furthered the two’s on-field relationship. After years of experience on opposite teams, both Ternahan and Berry knew that it would be a long game going up against each other.
“It was never a fun thing to play against [Cory],” Ternahan said. “When you played his team, you would always worry about him.”
Their rivalry seemed to part ways after high school. Ternahan went from Stephen Decatur to Salisbury to play for the Sea Gulls, and after graduating from Easton, Berry attended Robert Morris University to play lacrosse at the Division I level for the Colonials.
After playing two years at Robert Morris, Berry made the decision to return to the Eastern Shore and transfer to Salisbury, joining his long-time friend and former opponent. For the first time in their lacrosse careers, they would be teammates.
“I knew [Andrew] was here when I decided to transfer here,” Berry said. “It was one of the big things I was looking forward to—being on the same team with him.”
This combination looked to be a nightmare for their future opponents in the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC): two talented middies finally on the same team. SU head coach Jim Berkman saw the potential that his squad had with the new addition.
“They are a two-headed monster that opponents do not want to see,” coach Berkman said. “You think you’re in relief because Ternahan is off the field and the next thing you know, Berry’s taking the ball from you.”
As for their work ethic together, Berry and Ternahan use their friendship to push each other further, making them perform at their best at all times. Both in practice and in games, they are always looking to help the other get better and, because they play the same position, they understand how to help one another with their opponents.
“We take advice from each other; we’re playing against the same kids so anything that can help we let each other know what we will benefit from,” Ternahan said. “You know you’re going to get the best out of one of us.”
Salisbury has yet to see much of their “two-headed monster” this season due to struggles with injuries, specifically Berry, who has not played a game since their match-up with Washington College on March 11, and more recently Ternahan, who is dealing with a sprained ankle. But overcoming injuries is just another way the two use their friendship to better each other.
“We know each other well enough to know if the other is healthy or not,” Berry said. “We can help each other through it.”
Coach Berkman hopes that Berry will be able to return to the lineup soon. After seeing the tandem’s impact early on in the season, it is a duo that the Sea Gulls could benefit from greatly throughout the end of the season.
“They have a great relationship and they are both a part of a great defensive unit,” coach Berkman said. “When they are both healthy, we are a better team.”
Throughout both of their lacrosse careers, they spent years going up against each other, constantly having to be at their best when they would face-off, creating a bond that, years later, would culminate here on the Eastern Shore with the Sea Gulls. They no longer have to worry about facing the other, but their opponents certainly worry about Salisbury’s “two-headed monster” and the damage they can do on the field.